South Korea International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022-2027)

The South Korea International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market is Segmented by Business Model (Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Customer (B2C), and Customer-to-Customer (C2C)), Type (E-commerce, Non-e-commerce), and End User (Services, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, and Other End Users). The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

South Korea International CEP Market Growth
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The South Korean international courier, express, and parcel (CEP) market is estimated to record a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period (2022-2027). During the outbreak, many duty-free establishments were temporarily closed. Shilla Duty-Free, Lotte Duty-Free, Shinsegae, and Shilla IPark Duty-Free are among the duty-free businesses affected by the outbreak. The budget retailer E-Mart has also been added to this list. Outside of Seoul and metropolitan areas, distribution infrastructure has been expanded due to COVID-19.

The retail industry has made a concerted effort to improve the same-day delivery system. As a result of COVID-19, non-face-to-face consumption has become more prevalent, an immediate delivery system has been created, and the 'omnichannel is being consolidated. Food and beverage companies are enhancing consumer convenience by offering same-day delivery services when placing orders.

In addition, courier services grew in popularity as the outbreak spread across Korea. After the pandemic, the average number of times people utilized a courier service increased from 6.22 to 9.74 per month. Korea's parcel volume is expected to reach 5.6 billion boxes in the second half of 2023, more than double that of 2019. When split down by age, individuals in their 20s used delivery services 9.5 times per month, up from 5.36 times before the pandemic, a 77% increase and the largest increase of all age groups. However, the online shopping transaction value marked KRW 16.5438 trillion in January 2022, rising by 11.5% from January 2021. The mobile shopping transaction value marked KRW 12.4978 trillion in January 2022, rising by 17.5% from January 2021.

Scope of the Report

CEP (courier, express, and parcel) refers to a set of services that entails the delivery of various commodities and products across many places via land, air, or water. In contrast to courier and parcel services, express deliveries are frequently time-bound, with various high-value consignments arriving in a few days or at a pre-arranged date and time. The report offers a comprehensive background analysis of the South Korean international CEP market, covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates, and detailed information on various segments and the competitive landscape of the industry. The impact of COVID-19 has also been incorporated and considered in the study.

The market is segmented by business model, type, and end user. The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

By Business
Business-to-Business (B2B)
Business-to-Customer (B2C)
Customer-to-Customer (C2C)
By Type
By End User
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Industrial Manufacturing
Other End Users

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Volume of Parcel Shipments in South Korea

Parcel shipments in South Korea witnessed significant growth in 2021. The total parcel delivery volume accounted for 3.62 billion, which increased by 7.59% compared to 2020 (3.37 billion). Furthermore, the rate of freight volume continued to increase from the previous year to 9.7% in 2019, 20.9% in 2020, and 7.59% in 2021.

In 2020, parcel shipments in Seoul increased by 26.9% over the previous year, as a rising number of individuals preferred ordering groceries and other daily essentials online in the wake of COVID-19. According to an industry assessment, due to the impact of COVID-19, parcel deliveries of food, household supplies, and health products in the capital increased by roughly 50% in 2020. In contrast, the survey found that maternity and newborn care products had lower delivery shipments, indicating that the country's birth rate is declining.

In 2020, parcel deliveries for household and health supplies, such as hand sanitizers and masks, increased by 52% Y-o-Y, while online meal delivery increased by 46%. Parcel shipping of furniture and interior goods increased by 39% compared with 31% for books and music albums, 29% for sports and leisure goods, and 16% for clothing. Notably, the volume of parcel delivery demand for DIY goods and supplies spiked in March, August, and December, when social distancing rules were strengthened. CJ Logistics reported a 21% rise in the first-half operating profit, and Hanjin Transportation posted a 35% increase. These companies represent about 64% of the delivery market.

Volume of Parcel Shipments

Growth in Fashion Sector Driving the Market

South Korea saw a rapid growth in the B2C apparel e-commerce market in 2020 than between 2018 and 2019. Online retail sales in the country's fashion sector (including clothing, footwear, accessories, and cosmetics) increased Y-o-Y between January 2022 and January 2021 by more than 2.5%.

So far, in 2022, apparel and personal care sales have witnessed robust growth, at more than USD 36 billion and USD 16 billion, respectively. In addition, the Y-o-Y growth rates of the apparel and personal care sectors were 25% and 10%, respectively, compared to 2021. However, more than 38 million people purchased consumer goods via e-commerce platforms.

Moreover, sales in the fashion category are driven by increasing internet users in the country. In January 2022, the country had more than 50.3 million internet users, with more than 98% of the total population using internet services. Also, South Korean citizens’ total annual spending on online consumer goods purchases accounted for more than USD 110 billion, with an annual growth rate of 15%. In January 2022, total online sales accounted for more than KRW 16.54 trillion, in which the fashion category contributed more than 22% share of sales.

Revenue of E-commerce In South Korea

Competitive Landscape

The South Korean international CEP market is fragmented, with a mix of global and local players, making it highly competitive. Some of the strong players include CJ Logistics, Aramex, DB Schenker, Korea Post, and DHL. Many organizations began investing in extending their logistics operations to take advantage of the prospect of rapid expansion in the CEP industry provided by the need for same-day delivery. The concept of the final mile is encouraging businesses to focus on mergers and collaborations to expand globally and improve their overall service quality.

Recent Developments

February 2022: DHL Express (international express service provider) announced the expansion and relocation of its Gwangju Service Center to a new facility to support the growing demand for international express services and bolster its logistics network in the region. This expansion includes a total space of 1,315 sq.m. The new service center is 10 times larger than the previous facility.

July 2021: DHL Express (international express service provider) successfully introduced a sortation robot at its Gangbuk Service Center. Piloted in early July, the sorting robot officially started its operation on July 20. This robot can sort over 1,000 small parcels per hour, increasing efficiency by 41% and significantly freeing up workers’ time.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations

    4. 4.4 Overview of the Logistics and Warehousing Market in South Korea

    5. 4.5 Spotlight on Cross-Border Transportation in South Korea

    6. 4.6 Brief on South Korea Freight Forwarding Market

    7. 4.7 Spotlight on South Korea E-commerce Sector (Commentary on Domestic and Cross-border E-commerce)

    8. 4.8 Impact of COVID-19 on the CEP Market (Short-term and Long-term Impact on the Market and on the Economy)


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    5. 5.5 Supply Chain/Value Chain Analysis


    1. 6.1 By Business

      1. 6.1.1 Business-to-Business (B2B)

      2. 6.1.2 Business-to-Customer (B2C)

      3. 6.1.3 Customer-to-Customer (C2C)

    2. 6.2 By Type

      1. 6.2.1 E-commerce

      2. 6.2.2 Non-E-commerce

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Services

      2. 6.3.2 Wholesale and Retail Trade

      3. 6.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.3.4 Industrial Manufacturing

      5. 6.3.5 Other End Users


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 CJ Logistics

      2. 7.2.2 Aramex

      3. 7.2.3 DB Schenker

      4. 7.2.4 KOREA POST

      5. 7.2.5 DHL

      6. 7.2.6 Agility


      8. 7.2.8 DSV



      11. 7.2.11 Linex Solutions

      12. 7.2.12 C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.

      13. 7.2.13 SEKO Logistics

      14. 7.2.14 Nippon Express

      15. 7.2.15 Guangdong SF

      16. 7.2.16 FedEx*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

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Frequently Asked Questions

The South Korea International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The South Korea International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

CJ Logistics, Aramex, DB Schenker, DHL, KOREA POST are the major companies operating in South Korea International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market.

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